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Soyuz April 22, 2016

Weather postponement for Arianespace’s Flight VS14 Soyuz mission

Arianespace’s Soyuz mission with five European satellites has been postponed for 24 hours due to unfavorable weather observed above the Guiana Space Center, as well as the forecast for liftoff time this evening.

As a result, Flight VA14 has been rescheduled for tomorrow evening, with the launch vehicle and its satellite payloads currently maintained in a safe standby condition.

This mission will orbit the Sentinel-1B Earth radar observation spacecraft for the European Space Agency and European Commission’s Copernicus program; along with three miniaturized CubeSats developed by students, and the French CNES space agency’s Microscope scientific spacecraft.

The five satellites are to be deployed during a mission lasting just over four hours.

Flight VS14 is now set for Saturday, April 23, at exactly:

  • 06:02:13 p.m., (Local time in French Guiana)
  • 05:02:13 p.m., (in Washington, D.C.)
  • 09:02:13 p.m., (UTC)
  • 11:02:13 p.m., (in Paris)
  • 00:02:13 a.m., (in Moscow) on April 24.

European Commission website – Copernicus:

European Space Agency website – Copernicus:

European Space Agency website, Fly Your Satellite!/CubeSats:

CNES website – Microscope:

Thales Alenia Space website:

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